Indian Test team for England tour to be picked on Saturday

first_imgThe Indian cricket team for the upcoming Test series against England will be selected on Saturday in Chennai, the Indian Cricket Board stated in a media release. Under Krishnamachari Srikkanth’s chairmanship, the All-India Senior Selection Committee will meet at the Park Sheraton in Chennai on Saturday evening to pick the touring squad for the five-day matches, the BCCI said in a statement. India will play four Test matches against England with the first match scheduled to be held at the historic Lord’s from July 21–25. That will incidentally be the 2000th Test in the history of the game. Before the first Test, India will play a three-day warm-up game against county side Somerset from July 15 at Taunton. Indian will also play a two-day practice game against Northamptonshire (August 5-6) just after the conclusion of the second Test scheduled to be held in Trentbridge, Nottingham from July 29 to August 3. The third Test between the two sides will be held in Edgbaston, Birmingham from August 10-14 followed by the fourth and the final match of the series at the Oval from August 18-22. India will also play a five-match ODI series and one-off Twenty20 match against England during the tour. The squad for that series will be announced later.  – With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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SC asks BCCI to take note of exploitation of commercial space

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 18 (PTI) The Supreme Court today asked BCCI to keep in mind the sentiments expressed by Justice R M Lodha panel over exploitation of commercial space granted and ensure that the viewers get to see uninterrupted broadcast of cricket matches.A bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice FMI Kalifulla said the panels recommendations are based on the premise that even the viewers have a right to view the game uninterrupted by any commercials.”The BCCIs ability to encash the popularity of the game may be affected if the interest of the viewers and resultantly their numbers was reduced by excessive exploitation of the commercial space,” it said.”The proper course, in our opinion, is to leave the recommendation as it is for the consideration of BCCI with the observation that BCCI may, keeping in mind the sentiments expressed by the Committee, ensure that the viewers get to see an uninterrupted broadcast of the match from the first till the last ball of the over and limiting the commercial advertisement in terms of time and space to an extent that will not deprive the viewers of the pleasure of watching the game in full,” it said.However, the bench, declined to rule against the commercial angle and left it for the Board to examine the matter from all possible angles, including whether there is a need for any changes in the existing agreement relating to broadcasting rights.”We make it clear that we have not expressed any opinion in this regard and leave it for the BCCI to examine the matter from all possible angles and take a considered decision having regard to the recommendations made by the Committee and the feasibility of any modification in the existing contracts,” it said.advertisementIt noted the panels observation that the commercial angle has overtaken the enjoyment of the sport.The bench also said that the panel has recommended to revise the existing contracts for the international test and one-day matches and ensure that the broadcast be interrupted with advertisements only during the breaks taken for drinks, lunch and tea.But the court left it for the consideration of BCCI to examine the feasibility of any modification in the existing contracts.BCCI had contested that any modification of the contractual terms and conditions at this stage is likely to result in a heavy financial loss to IT. PTI RRT SKV MNL SJK RKS SClast_img read more

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Feels good to know that legends like Viv Richards, Brian Lara back me: Shimron Hetmyer

first_imgWest Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer said that it is good to know that Windies legends back him and it gives him immense confidence to do well.Hetmyer, who scored his third ODI hundred during the first ODI against India in Guwahati, said that he looks up to Brian Lara and has spoken to him as well as other greats like Lance Gibbs and Sir Vivian Richards and it has helped his game after a drab Test series.Hetmyer bludgeoned his way to a 78-ball 106 in Guwahati, redeeming himself after a disastrous Test series, in which he managed just 50 runs across four innings at 12.50.”I did look up to Brian Lara when I used to watch cricket, but most of it (shots) comes naturally to me. I am a natural stroke-player and try to play each ball on merit,” Hetmyer said during a chat after a training session.”I have spoken to a few legends in the past, they are quite fun actually, easy going — Lance Gibbs, Sir Viv Richards and Brian Lara, some of the other stars, too. Knowing that they are backing you makes me feel good,” he said.”They tell me to be ‘just be yourself’, they give suggestions like play each ball on merit and all. They try to help in every way possible, make it as easy as possible for us and encouraging us to keep pushing,” he added.The 21-year-old looked at comfort at the Barsapara Stadium on Sunday, hitting six sixes and as many fours to help West Indies score 322/8 in the first ODI.advertisement”I had a bad Test series, it was not one of the best ways to start a series in India but from there on I tried to forget about that as much as possible and the senior guys helped. They said don’t worry and look forward to the next game,” he said.”I have quite a few experienced guys to lean on, to know how it was before, even the coach (Stuart Law) who has played for Australia. How much of the big change has happened from then to now. How they played their game,” he added.What an inn by #Hetmyer..he is gonna be a next million dollar baby in the @IPL 2019 #INDvsWI 1st ODIHarbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 21, 2018India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is sure he will be a big draw in the next Indian Premier League (IPL) players’ auction, thanks to his big-hitting capabilities.Unlike a few renowned players from the Caribbean islands who have turned to T20 leagues across the world, Hetmyer said his first priority now is to represent the West Indies.”It’s a good feeling to know that one of the great spinners from India has rated me that high. It is a dream of mine but right now I am taking one step at a time, so I would see what awaits. But right now, I am focused on representing West Indies,” he said.”I think everyone aspires to play in the IPL but first you want to represent West Indies. That is possibly the biggest thing you could possibly do as a cricketer and then you would take it from there,” he added.West Indies skipper Jason Holder called Hetmyer a positive.”He is positive for West Indies cricket. It’s good to see a youngster coming and scoring crucial runs and I can only urge him, and hope that he continues to do well and repeat that kind of performance that is best for his team in the coming matches,” Holder said.Asked about playing cricket in his native, Hetmyer said, “It isn’t that difficult to play cricket in Guyana. Yes, there are lot of players from other islands playing for West Indies, but once you are trying to do what you want to and excel in the Caribbean, there is a good chance of being picked in the junior and senior teams.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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International Olympic Committee cannot arm-twist India

first_imgThe Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has been bending backwards to please the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for boxers from Kosovo to get visas to compete in the women’s world boxing championship in the Capital.Last week, Mail Today had reported how the organisers in India were trying hard to get visas for the boxers who also hold Albanian passports. It is well known as far as the IOC is concerned Kosovo is certainly part of global sporting programmes and very recently they have written to various international sports federations that Spain not be allowed to host big-ticket sporting events.How India deals with countries it does not recognise is something which only the government can answer. By trying to put pressure on the government nothing is going to be achieved.On Wednesday, an email was “leaked” where IOA president Narinder Batra has asked the government to look into the Kosovo matter! It is well known that nothing can happen now on visas. The IOC writing to international sports federations not to grant India major events can become a reality. However, there is no need to panic on this count.Arm-twisting of this nature is not healthy though the IOC is well within its rights to communicate its displeasure. To cite examples of other countries hosting Kosovo at the Olympics, like Rio, is not the best example.As of today, relations between India and Pakistan are at the nadir. To play cricket, a sport close to the hearts of millions of fans in India or Pakistan is impossible. There are no bilateral series and for competitions like Asia Cup cricket, FIH World Cup, Asian Games etc, the two countries do play in neutral venues. Even now there is uncertainty over Pakistan coming for the hockey World Cup though it has nothing to do with visas.advertisementKosovo is not the first time we have had problems. Way back in 1987, when India was hosting Israel in a Davis Cup tie at the DLTA, security was extremely tight. The five-star hotel in south Delhi where the team was staying had been turned into a fortress. Even the main road leading to DLTA was blocked for traffic. The tie took place despite the problems.Way back in 1973, India were to meet South Africa in the Davis Cup final. Due to apartheid, India did not have diplomatic links with South Africa and conceded the tie. To think by not letting Kosovo athletes come to India all hell will break loose is the height of exaggeration. IOC needs India for its own reasons and to talk of the Youth Olympics bid getting derailed is a joke. The bid process is still a few years away as mentioned by IOC president Thomas Bach when he came to India earlier this year.To bully India will not work. Rather than forwarding emails, the IOA should be in touch with the IOC regularly. Not hosting the Youth Olympics will not bring heavens down. More attention needs to be given to our athletes preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. And in this, the IOA can play a more proactive role.last_img read more

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23 days ago​Sterling wants Man City teammate Foden in England squad

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Sterling wants Man City teammate Foden in England squadby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City star Raheem Sterling would be delighted to see teammate Phil Foden in the England setup.The teenage midfielder is being linked with a call up to the full England squad for their October Euro 2020 qualifiers.While he has struggled for game time in the Premier League this season, Foden is rated as one of the most promising English talents in his age group.Foden netted for City against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on Tuesday.”Players that we have here, you have to read the game and the goals will come,” Sterling told BT Sport about City not scoring until late in the game.”I am buzzing for Phil and I want him in the national team, if he keeps going he will be there.” last_img read more

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Missing ministers from Narendra Modi government-I

first_img Prabhash K Dutta New DelhiMay 30, 2019UPDATED: May 30, 2019 23:16 IST Prime Minister Narendra Modi signing the register after taking oath of office for the second time on Thursday. (Photo: Twitter/@BJP4India)HIGHLIGHTSSushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley opted out of Modi cabinet for health reasonsManeka Gandhi, Jayant Sinha, Suresh Prabhu, Manoj Sinha among top names dropped from cabinetJP Nadda not included in Modi cabinet, tipped to be next BJP presidentNarendra Modi is ready with a refurbished Union cabinet in his second term as the prime minister on the back of a massive mandate in the Lok Sabha election with the BJP winning 303 seats on its own and the National Democratic Alliance crossing the 350 mark.PM Modi has inducted several new faces in the government. The biggest surprise was induction of former foreign secretary S Jaishankar in the Union cabinet.Among those missing from the Modi’s new cabinet are Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj, both having opted out of the government citing health reasons. Uma Bharati, another Union minister in the previous government, also decided not to contest Lok Sabha eleciton and was not included in the new cabinet.On the other hand, there were many surprises in omission. PM Modi dropped many familiar faces of the previous government. Here are some of them:Maneka Gandhi: Weeks after courted controversy during the Lok Sabha election when she said Muslims should not approach her for work if they don’t vote for her in the polls, she found her name dropped from the list of ministers who took oath today. She was the women and child development minister in the previous government and was very active animal right activist.Jayant Sinha: He is the Lok Sabha MP from Hazaribagh parliamentary constituency in Jharkhand. He is the son of former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, now a bitter critic of the Modi government. As MoS in the previous government, Jayant Sinha handled finance and civil aviation portfolios.advertisementSuresh Prabhu: Another surprise omission from the new Narendra Modi cabinet. In 2014, Suresh Prabhu had become a bone contention between the Shiv Sena and the BJP. Prabhu was a Shiv Sena leader back then but Narendra Modi wanted him in his cabinet. Prabhu quit Shiv Sena and the BJP made him as Rajya Sabha MP to have him in the Modi cabinet.Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore: A former soldier and Olympic medal winner, he was one of the young faces in the Modi government. He was given key portfolios of youth and sports, and also of information and broadcasting in the previous government. He played key role in pushing PM Modi’s flagship programme Khelo India in the previous government.Radha Mohan Singh: He was a surprise entry as the cabinet rank minister for agriculture. He is considered as one of the under-performing ministers of the previous Modi government. He failed to find ways to rescue agriculture from the crisis it is steeped in. Farm crisis, in fact, worsened under his watch.Jagat Prakash Nadda: He is said to be the next BJP president. In the previous government, JP Nadda maintained a low profile but handled the portfolio of health-implementing initiatives of PM Modi in the sector. Considered as a strong organisational leader, Nadda is tipped to be Amit Shah’s successor as the BJP president as the party eyes winning assembly elections in West Bengal, Maharashtra and Delhi over the next couple of years.Manoj Sinha: A low-profile but hard-working politician, who was praised for his handling of the railway ministry as MoS in the previous Narendra Modi government. He was left out of the Modi’s new cabinet owing to his loss in the Lok Sabha election.Anupriya Patel: As an MoS in the health and family welfare ministry, she failed to make a distinct mark during the five years of the previous government. Even though her party won two Lok Sabha seats, like 2014 polls, in the parliamentary election, Anupriya Patel was left out of the government.Among others who were dropped in the new cabinet are Jual Oram of the BJP and Anant Geete of the Shiv Sena.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPrabhash Kumar Dutta Missing ministers from Narendra Modi government-IPM Modi dropped several well-known faces of the previous government as he took oath for the second term on Thursday.advertisementlast_img read more

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Pig Beach is Brooklyn’s best new barbecue

first_img The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary Editors’ Recommendations Feasting is our column dedicated to cooking, grilling, eating and discovering what’s on the menu across America and the world.New York City barbecue has truly come into its own this last decade. It started with places like Blue Smoke and Fette Sau, which paved the way for gems like Arrogant Swine to open their doors in the last couple years. It seems like a new barbecue spot is popping up every few months, but one opening this year has stood out above the rest. Enter Pig Beach, a collaboration between two award-winning barbecue teams that’s found a permanent home in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn.Opened by Shane McBride (Balthazar)—the captain of Ribdiculous Bar-B-Krewe—and team Salty Rinse’s Rob Shawger (founder and team captain), Ed McFarland (Ed’s Lobster Bar) and Matt Abdoo (Del Posto), the Pig Beach team brings more than 80 years of restaurant cooking experience and several American BBQ awards to the table. Michael Greenlee—former wine director of Le Cirque and Gotham Bar and Grill—even created a white wine for the joint called Salty Rinse.Their focus is live fire, but they take inspiration from all types of cuisines. They’re inspired by the culture of American barbecue and embrace regional techniques they picked up on their competitive trips across the country. But they also bring in foreign flavors and borrow from cuisines such as Italian, French, Middle Eastern and Asian to create dishes like za’atar rubbed leg of lamb and yuzu glazed smoked duck. Everything we tasted on a recent trip to Pig Beach was outstanding. The burger was a fan favorite and the Yankee Red Hot Sausage, stuffed with provolone and hot cherry peppers, can only be described as addicting. The wings and pork shoulder were some of the best we’ve had ever. Their variety of house made sauces are a must, and they cover everything from a Carolina vinegar blend to a creamy Alabama-style white sauce. You can’t go wrong ordering anything on this menu.Related: Behold: (Arguably) the Best Meat on EarthPig Beach is also known for their guest takeover series where pit-masters from across the country spend two days at the helm of the restaurant’s smoker. Most recently, we got to taste ribs from Carey Brindle of Peg Leg Porker in Nashville, Tennessee. Slathered with a smoky dry rub, this rack required no sauce and the meat fell right off the bone. If you missed out on this round, not to fear—Pat Martin of Martin’s BBQ in Nashville will be taking over to showcase his whole hog on September 21-22.Pig Beach is currently an outdoor space, but they’ll be moving seating inside after October when the weather gets brisk so you can enjoy their juicy barbecue year-round. To learn more, visit pigbeachnyc.com. How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Citieslast_img read more

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9 Best Hot Springs Around the World

first_img Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Editors’ Recommendations The Most Jaw-Dropping Natural Swimming Holes in the United States All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic Deep from within the crack of the Earth, from volcanic bedrock and natural mineral deposits flows the water of the best hot springs around the world. Infused with elements like iron and sulphur (even arsenic), our favorite hot springs offer therapeutic properties relied on by ancient civilizations for healing ailments — plus they make for some of the most surreal geological visions you’ll ever seen.Pack your swim shorts and passport, because are the best hot springs in the world.Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa (Iceland)You’ve likely seen Instagram shots of this ethereal icy blue heaven, where white steam rises up from the vibrant water, closed in by black snow-capped rocks. Yes, the Blue Lagoon is one of those forever bucket-list experiences — hands down one of the best hot springs in the world. Booking is required to soak in these geothermal waters, originating 1.2 miles below the surface where freshwater and seawater combine at extreme temperatures. On its way to the surface, the water picks up silica, algae, and therapeutic minerals, which account for the lagoon’s healing reputation as well as its brilliant blue coloring.Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs (New Mexico)Hidden in the hills of New Mexico is one of the oldest natural health resorts in the U.S., built around even older (naturally-occurring) geothermal mineral springs that have flowed from a subterranean volcanic aquifer for thousands of years. More than 100,000 gallons rise to the surface each day, infused with four different types of minerals, including lithia, iron, soda, and arsenic, all of which have purported healing powers. Sulphur-free, unlike most natural springs, Ojo Caliente’s arsenic pool is believed to be beneficial for relief from arthritis, stomach ulcers, and various skin conditions, while lithia water is believed to relieve depression and aid digestion. If any of this sounds hokey, that’s fine — more healing for us. A weekend at Ojo Caliente can only be compared to a year of sleep and the deepest massage you’ve ever had. (And then some.)Banjar Hot Springs (Bali)Across the globe, surrounded by lush tropical gardens is the hot springs complex of Banjar, or Air Panas Banjar as the locals call it. Tucked away in the hills of the village of Banjar, natural hot spring water pours out of the stone-carved mouths of animal heads, filling a pool with what is considered “holy” water. The milky aqua water in this bath overflows into a second and then third pool, where the current pummels down for a warm shoulder massage under the falls.The Grand Prismatic Spring (Wyoming)As if Yellowstone National Park couldn’t get more picturesque, its Grand Prismatic Spring may be the most hypnotizing spring on the entire planet. Currently the largest hot spring in the U.S. and third largest in the world, intensely bright bands of blues, green, yellows, and oranges expand outward from the center in a gobstopper illusion that then steams its own fog of hovering white cloud. However, this isn’t a spring you’ll want to dip into, as extremely hot water travels 121 feet from a crack in the Earth to reach the surface.Pamukkale Thermal Pools (Turkey)What at first sight appears to be glacial ice pools is in fact naturally formed travertine limestone terraces that have been built up over the past millennia. Filling these 17 tubs is hot (we mean hot) thermal water the color of pure turquoise. Alas, these pools are no longer open for relaxing, although you can walk around them, which is fine seeing as their temperatures range from 95-212 degrees Fahrenheit. Bring your trunks anyway, because a special swimming pool sits close to the terraces.Hot Springs Cove, British Colombia (British Colombia)If you’re among the school that hot springs must be earned not given, trek north to Hot Springs Cove situated in the mountains of Maquinna Provincial Park, smack dab in the middle of pure nature. Hike for a half hour through dense forest to find the intimate hot springs. Each little pool is separated naturally by dark slate formations and is filled with crystal clear water bubbling up from the rocks. Float to the view of the Northern Clayoquot Sound, sighting for animals like whales, black bears, seals, sea lions, puffins, sea otters, and bald eagles.Ma’in Hot Springs, Jordan (Jordan)The quality test of any hot spring is whether the locals go. Here, at the sprawling Ma’in springs, you’ll find both native and tourist alike, soaking away their ailments and worries in the pools which are accessible from a variety of routes. (Don’t expect an easy sign, but you’ll figure it out with some light climbing.) A surprise among the hot desert landscape, these springs contain elements such as sodium, calcium, chloride, radon, hydrogen sulfide, and carbon dioxide, and can hit an upwards of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Technically their own region located between Madaba and the Dead Sea, the springs’ crowning jewel is the multitude of tall heated waterfalls that pour down into the pools. The spring is heated by hot water that comes from the top of the basaltic mountain.Cascate del Mulino (Italy)With a welcoming and laid-back vibe, the free Cascate del Mulino springs have plenty of room (and parking) for all to join. Plus, they don’t have as many rules and customs as traditional springs. Great to visit no matter the season, these stairway pools get hotter the higher you sit and pour downhill in a foggy, magical blue water. The waterfalls are naturally brimming with sulphur and other minerals thought to cure ailments since the Roman era, and are situated just outside of the village of Saturnia, surrounded by pastoral Tuscan land. Just up the road, the same water bubbles into man-made pools at the luxurious Terme di Saturnia Spa where you can see the thermal plankton micro-critters swimming about in the water. Honestly, we like the free, au nautral springs much better (bugs or not).Travertine Hot Springs (California)Along the beat-up Jack Sawyer Road in California State Park land is a dirt path that leads to one of the most iconic hot springs in the country. Travertine is a staple for cross-country road trippers and solo adventurers, as it’s easy to get to and often frequented by friendly travelers seeking adventure and retreat. (You’ll probably make a new balneology friend, one who practices bathing in natural springs). Surrounded by absolutely nothing but mountains and sun, this geothermal pool is adequately named after the limestone deposited by hot mineral springs. Emerge from the water with greater blood flow, improved circulation, and a peaceful, smiling mind.last_img read more

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Stop Killing Our Children! – PM Holness

first_imgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has condemned the gruesome murder of 14-year-old Yetanya Francis of Arnett Gardens Kingston.Young Yetanya was killed after she went missing on Thursday night. Her charred body was found on Friday in the community.Prime Minister Holness expressed outrage at the incident and said, “the thugs who murdered 14-year-old Yetanya Francis have no place in the Jamaican society we are seeking to create.” The Prime Minister said the police have assured him that no stone will be left unturned to find the heartless perpetrators.“I have spoken to the Minister of National Security and the Commissioner of Police. They both emphasized their resolve to ensure that the perpetrator or perpetrators are brought to justice. No society can survive the constant killing of its children and we all must stand united against these criminals,” said the Prime Minister.Prime Minister Holness appealed to anyone with information on the killing to report it to the police or to call Crime Stop at 311.“Witnesses do not need to fear that their information will be exposed as we have Crime Stop – 311, and other ways to give information. I am asking members of the community of Arnett Gardens as well, if they know who the criminals are to turn them over to the police, as criminals who attack children don’t usually stop,” urged Prime Minister Holness.last_img read more

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Homeless man to reunite with family after finding Bambi art in Edmonton

first_imgEDMONTON — A homeless man who found an authentic animation cel from the classic Disney movie “Bambi” in a tattered, dirty frame will use his earnings to reunite with his family in Ontario.Adam Gillian, who is 38, brought the item into Curiosity Inc., an antique shop in Edmonton, and the owner bought it for $20.The shop’s owner, Alexander Archbold, later found a certificate on the back of the picture that said it was an authentic 1937 animation cel from “Bambi.”When someone bought it off eBay for $3,700, Archbold made it his mission to track down Gillian and give him his share of the profits.He also started a GoFundMe to help Gillian get back to his family in Ontario — the campaign had raised over $13,000 by Tuesday afternoon.Adam’s mother, Patti Gillian, told CTV Edmonton that she hadn’t heard from her son in two years.“I didn’t know if he was dead or alive,” she said. “And I didn’t know how to get in touch with anybody to find him.”She called Archbold her son’s angel. (CTV Edmonton, The Canadian Press)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Just for Laughs Vicelands Desus and Mero venture out of the bodega

first_imgThey are late-night talk-show hosts unlike any others in the business. They didn’t graduate from an established communications school; in fact, they have no formal TV training at all. They eschew suits and ties in favour of T-shirts and sneakers. Their set is not some handsomely appointed collection of designer desks and couches; nah, they hold court in a room where a most menacing, taxidermied bear looks ready to spring on them and their guests.They are Desus Nice and the Kid Mero, better known as the Bodega Boys (also the title of their popular podcast), and they are the hosts of Viceland’s first daily, late-night show, Desus and Mero. They hail from the gritty streets of the Bronx, where they met in high school and mastered the fine art of bants — an exchange of mocking comments.And the bants will doubtless fly Saturday at Maison Théâtre when the guys hit Just for Laughs in The Bodega Boys Live With Desus Nice and the Kid Mero. They will also host and perform in Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch, Friday at Monument National. Twitter Facebook On their talk show, Desus and Mero (as they prefer to be called) engage in all manner of political, social, cultural and sports bantering. They are also quick to admit that they know very little about some of these subjects. Regardless, this has not been a deterrent for a slew of A-listers to be on the show. Among their guests have been renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and renowned astro-rapper Sean (P. Diddy) Combs.“We’re not seeking people out for the most part,” Mero says. “It’s funny, because a lot of people now are seeking us out on their own. They’re coming to us and asking if they can be on, and a lot of them are fans of the show. It’s crazy.”“We have the most diverse late-night audience, too,” Desus says. “We’re big in the 21- to 34-year-old group. So people know if they want to reach out to that audience, they have to come on to our show. They’re not going to reach out to that audience on Jimmy Fallon or those other shows.“So now people who were skeptical about coming on our show are basically begging to be on it.”It certainly was a coup landing super-mensa deGrasse Tyson, whom they describe as the “most notable astrophysicist from the Bronx.” If not the only astrophysicist from the Bronx, deGrasse Tyson hastened to add on the show.The episode was classic, with deGrasse Tyson trying to teach them about the cosmos, telling them how he wrestled in high school with dreams of becoming the next Bruce Lee, and then conceding that Desus and Mero would be better off with Science Guy Bill Nye than him if marooned on Gilligan’s Island. “(Nye) would know how to make a coconut radio and save us all, and I would just be there saying: ‘Look at that pretty star.’ ”High on their wish list for guests is Barack Obama. “He’s funny and he’d be a little more free to speak his mind now,” Desus says.The guys aren’t reluctant about taking liberties with their current president.“It’s generally normal to make fun of any president, but this dude is just on another level of idiocy that we’ve never witnessed before,” Mero says.“Every day he says something that’s more and more ridiculous, so we can’t even avoid talking about it. Sometimes we ask ourselves if we’re going to get burned out on this and if it’s going to get boring, but every day he comes out with something new and we’re going: ‘What the f— is going on here?’ ”Adds Desus: “At first it was like we were all sitting around watching a train wreck. But now it’s like we’re all sitting around watching a reality-TV series that doesn’t end. It’s like watching the country burning.”“A lot of people are very scared now, thinking that the country is crumbling. But to immigrants and people of colour, this is old news for us,” Mero says.All the same, Desus and Mero feel they will have to alter their game plan in Montreal this weekend.“We’re going to adapt our act with a lot of Canadian references, like poutine and the CN Tower,” Desus says.The guys might want to check out Montreal’s dépanneurs, which bear a certain similarity to their bodegas.“There’s actually a place called Dépanneur in Brooklyn, where you can get beef jerky and stuff — so that’s what it means,” Mero says.They are aware that the Vice empire has its roots in Montreal, having been founded in 1994 by Suroosh Alvi, Gavin McInnes and Shane Smith as a DIY mag called Voice of Montreal.“I used to go to a record store on Broadway and pick up a bunch of copies of their paper for me and my friends, and I remember it was called Voice of Montreal,” Mero says.“We went to Vegas with Shane, and I remember the Canadian anthem came on, and he was singing with all this passion I had never seen before,” Desus says. “It’s nice to have that kind of national pride.”Their path to success wasn’t paved with the right showbiz connections. It was against all odds that Desus (with family roots in Jamaica) and Mero (whose kin came from the Dominican Republic) made it.“I guess it’s some luck and talent,” Mero says. “It’s about knowing and sticking to what you’re doing and having the right chemistry. We’ve also stayed who we are, and resisted change, while maintaining our sense of humour and not trying to acquiesce to the (wishes of other people).“Also, let’s not forget that when you have crippling debt and you have to pay dues, it’s a lot easier to be funny,” Desus explains. “Telling jokes for a living is also a lot easier for me than trying to get a job on a forklift.”Desus recalls keeping a landlord at bay for rent by keeping him giggling. “Listen, when you owe someone three months’ rent and you can keep him laughing when he comes in to collect, you’ll be all right.”AT A GLANCEThe Bodega Boys Live With Desus Nice and the Kid Mero takes place Saturday, July 29 at 7 p.m. at Maison Théâtre, 245 Ontario St. E.; tickets cost $31.65. Desus and Mero also host and perform in Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch, Friday, July 28 at 9:30 p.m. at Monument National, 1182 St-Laurent Blvd.; tickets cost $24.45. 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Moroccan ExBoxer Saves Plane From Violent Passenger

Rabat- A former boxer, Tarik Sahibbedine, took down a violent passenger threatening to hijack a Lufthansa plane.Sahibbedine recounted the story to his friend, Arnaud Romera, a sports journalist, who was the first to share it on social media:It all started Friday, August 24, on a Lufthansa flight from Munich to Paris when a passenger threw an angry tantrum. The passenger became aggressive with a flight attendant who refused to serve him any more alcohol, and the 46-year-old French-Moroccan knew that it was time to intervene to save the plane’s 200 passengers.First, Sahibbedine tried to talk the angry passenger into calming down, pulling the curtains at the front of the plane to prevent passengers from panicking. However, the situation nearly got out of hand. The boxer noted to news outlets France Info and le Parisien that the aggressive passenger, who appeared to be in his 20s, had the attitude of a mentally unstable man.The aggressor, threatening to open the cabin door and hijack the plane, was about to attack the cockpit when the boxer tackled him to the ground. Other passengers joined in the effort and immobilized the young man.“I didn’t have time to be afraid…. I told him if you move, I’ll break your jaw,” Sahibbedine stated.Following the incident, French police reportedly sent the passenger to undergo a psychiatric test as part of their investigation. read more

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UN panel pays 240M to Kuwait oil firm for Iraq war losses

BERLIN — A U.N. panel overseeing compensation claims by countries and organizations affected by Iraq’s 1990-1991 invasion of Kuwait says it has paid $240 million to the Gulf state’s national oil company.The United Nations Compensation Commission said Tuesday that the latest tranche brings to $48.3 billion the amount it has paid out since 2005. Iraq must currently set aside 1.5% of its oil export sales for the compensation fund.The panel has approved 1.5 million claims brought by over 100 governments and international organizations, with all but one fully paid out.The remaining claim, which includes the latest payment, comes from the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation. Some $4.1 billion of its $14.7 billion claim for oil production and sales losses resulting from damage to the country’s oil fields remain to be paid.The Associated Press read more

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UN voices dismay at deaths of Somali asylumseekers off Mozambican coast

11 June 2010The United Nations refugee agency expressed sadness today after learning of the deaths of nine Somali asylum-seekers who drowned while attempting to reach Mozambique, an increasingly popular route for Somalis trying to flee the violence and suffering in their homeland. The nine Somalis were part of a larger group of 77 attempting to reach Mozambique by boat when they were forced – apparently by crew members – into the sea on 30 May, according to Melissa Fleming, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).“Some people were rescued by fishermen while 36 others who refused to leave the boat were eventually taken to [the town of] Palma,” Ms. Fleming said, commending the fishermen and local authorities for saving lives.UNHCR has dispatched a team of officials to Mozambique to find out more about what happened in the latest incident, as Ms. Fleming reported that nearly 2,000 Somali men are estimated to have reached north-eastern Mozambique by boat since the start of the year.“Most report having travelled directly from Mogadishu and Kismayo, with many claiming that they fled to escape forced recruitment by al-Shabaab militants,” the spokesperson said, referring to the Islamist group fighting Government forces in Somalia, which has not had a functioning national government in two decades.Some of the Somalis – as well as a small number of Ethiopians – had already travelled to Mombasa, Kenya, before attempting to reach Mozambique by sea.“Most Somalis only stay a few days or weeks at Maratane refugee camp in northeast Mozambique before attempting to move on to South Africa, where they believe they will have better opportunity,” Ms. Fleming noted.Maratane is home to about 7,700 refugees and asylum-seekers, but most of its population hails from Burundi, Rwanda or the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).UNHCR said it is working with Government officials across Mozambique to deal with the upsurge in arrivals by sea from Somalia, providing logistical and technical support to help relocate the asylum-seekers.Violence continues to engulf Somalia, particularly its southern and central regions, and UNHCR estimates that almost 40,000 people have fled the country since the start of the year. Already more than 580,000 Somalis live as refugees in neighbouring countries and at least 1.4 million others are internally displaced. read more

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Canadian banks to benefit from rising US interest rates

TORONTO – Canadian banks are expected to benefit from rising U-S interest rates and fewer bad loans in the oil patch as they start reporting their latest quarterly results this week.But analysts say worries about the housing market remain a key concern.Meny Grauman, an analyst with Cormark Securities, says that even if results are good, people may dismiss them as being quote — “backward-looking” because of fears about the Canadian mortgage market.Ratings agency Moody’s downgraded the credit ratings for Canada’s big banks earlier this month, in part due to concerns that high house prices have left lenders vulnerable to potential losses.Since Home Capital had to secure an emergency 2-billion line of credit after savers started pulling out their deposits in recent weeks, some observers are worried about broader implications.But a C-I-B-C analyst says concerns that Home Capital is the so-called canary-in-the-coal-mine are overblown.The Bank of Montreal will kick off the earnings parade on Wednesday, followed by Royal Bank, T-D Bank and C-I-B-C on Thursday. by 660 NEWS Staff Posted May 22, 2017 9:06 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian banks to benefit from rising U.S. interest rates read more

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Cameroon UN rights office urges dialogue to address decadeslong grievances

Speaking to the press today in Geneva, Rupert Colville, the Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) also called on the authorities in the African nation to conduct impartial and effective investigations into Sunday’s violence in which at least 10 people were killed. “Credible sources indicate that some of these deaths resulted from excessive use of force by the security forces,” said the Spokesperson at the regular news briefing. Cameroon’s Anglophone regions have seen multiple strikes and demonstrations over the past year as resentment and tensions have built at what, he said, English-speakers see as discrimination against them in favour of the majority French-speaking population. Noting that over the past few months, public and private property has been damaged, including arson attacks on a number of schools, Mr. Colville called on all people to pursue peaceful means to make themselves heard. In the same vein, he also urged the authorities to ensure that the security forces exercise restraint and take measures to prevent the use of force when policing demonstrations. “People should be allowed to exercise their right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, including through having uninterrupted access to the internet,” he stated. Further at the briefing, he noted that OHCHR welcomed the comments by President Paul Biya, on Sunday, in which the President condemned all forms of violence, irrespective of the perpetrators, and called for dialogue as the only way to find a durable solution. read more

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Conversations with Goodman podcast features CPA Ontario student recruiter Mallory Rellinger

This week, Mallory Rellinger, student recruiter at CPA Ontario, makes an appearance on the Conversations with Goodman podcast.Rellinger talks to host Susan LeBlanc about the CPA designation and the opportunities that it can lead to. They talk about the fact that accounting careers are dynamic and exciting, and how students can connect with reps on campus to start building a relationship with CPA Ontario. Rellinger, who is the primary contact for Brock students who want to learn more about the designation, is on campus several times throughout the year as the Goodman School of Business has a strong relationship with CPA Ontario. The podcast ends with an update on upcoming events that Brock students can attend.This is the latest in the Conversations with Goodman series which is produced by the Goodman Marketing, Communications and Alumni Relations team and features guests from the Goodman community. Last week’s episode featured Najlaa Rauf, student engagement coordinator, Rudy Ambrosio, President, Goodman Business Students’ Association and Neil Bourque, President, Goodman Graduate Business Council. They chatted about student life at Goodman and the value in getting involved outside of the classroom.Listen to this week’s podcast below:Watch this week’s podcast here: read more

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Game shooting parties are not too noisy judge rules

Lucinda O’Bryan-Tear, who runs a pre-prep school in London, alleged that when she and her husband visited the Tyrwhitt-Drakes in 2010 to discuss the shooting noise they were invited to sit on a “low level dog’s sofa” which she claimed was an attempt to belittle them.District Judge Anthony Callaway, sitting at East Hampshire Magistrates Court, dismissed the noise abatement order, questioning, as he did so, the “unreasonable” conduct of Dr O’Bryan-Tear, whom he suggested had lost perspective.”Although this case is concerned with game shooting, it is apparent that its ambit has stretched over many other aspects and been the subject of bitter dispute,” he said. Bereleigh House estate and grounds, near East Meon Dr Charles Gillies O’Bryan-Tear at courtCredit:Solent News & Photo Agency Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Dr Charles Gillies O'Bryan-Tear at court But things rapidly deteriorated when his daughter was told she could no longer ride on their neighbours’ land as the paddock was to be turned into a car park. “I find that the action has fallen well short of the requisite standard.”Mr Tyrwhitt-Drake said they had been shooting on the estate for nearly 60 years “without any complaint whatsoever about noise”.A successful prosecution would have “ripped the heart” out of the shoot and threatened its viability as well as some local employment.The Countryside Alliance said: “We are extremely grateful to the Tyrwhitt-Drake family for defending it so robustly.”Many people would have folded faced with this sort of prosecution setting an extremely dangerous precedent. Everyone who shoots is in their debt.” Bereleigh House estate and grounds, near East MeonCredit:Solent News & Photo Agency What began as a “minor disagreement” quickly escalated as the O’Bryan-Tears made a “whole succession of complaints” about gunshot noiseDr O’Bryan-Tear even went as far as to “demand” Mr Tyrwhitt-Drake resign from the Countryside Alliance as he was “not fit for office” and his wife Philippa do the same from her role on the local parish council.The court heard that “persistent” shots recorded from Dr O’Bryan-Tear’s patio measured 71 decibels, with the average range between 58 and 63, which he said disturbed the “tranquil South Downs”.He said the stress caused by the noise was comparable to someone coming up behind you and shouting boo. Game shooting parties are not too loud, a judge has ruled in a decision hailed by the Countryside Alliance.Aristocrat William Tyrwhitt-Drake, 76, who has family links to Sir Francis Drake, was forced to defend his right to shoot on his vast 3,000-acre estate after a “bitter, protracted” row with his neighbour, a renowned pharmacist, in the picturesque village of East Meon, Hampshire.The nobleman told the Telegraph he felt he had “no choice” but to fight the private prosecution, which had been costly and stressful for his family.“I was extremely concerned as hundreds of drives all over the country are closer to neighbouring properties than was the case here,” he said.“Had we lost I believe it would have set a very dangerous precedent for the shooting community, in that I have a strong sense that it might have encouraged similar actions.”When Dr Charles Gillies O’Bryan-Tear, 63, a renowned pharmacist, purchased neighbouring property in 2006, relations had been perfectly congenial, the families socialising at Conservative dinners and social functions. read more

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PHOTO Check out this amazing picture of Dublin from space

first_imgIF YOU DON’T already follow him on Twitter, you might not have heard of astronaut Chris Hadfield – but if you have, you’ll know he has a pretty fanatical following online and among geeks worldwide.Hadfield is currently abroad the International Space Station – of which he will take full command next month, when a trio of fellow travellers return to Earth – and has taken to regularly tweeting photographs shot from 350km above the surface of our planet.Here’s his latest: Dublin at night.“Tá Éire fíorálainn!,” he tweeted this evening, making an admirable stab at Irish spelling. “Land of green hills and dark beer. With capital Dublin glowing in the Irish night.”(If you’re a bit confused, the photo isn’t facing the ‘right way up’ – you should rotate it about 120° anti-clockwise to position it correctly. That is, the direction corresponding to 4 o’clock on a clock is actually north.)Check out how dark it is in the Phoenix Park…Edit: Because a few readers have asked, here’s the photo the right way up:Read: ‘My daughter is in Ireland’: Astronaut Chris Hadfield says ‘ask me anythinglast_img read more

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Man arrested after young boy stabbed over 20 times on Greek vacation

first_imgA DUTCHMAN HAS been arrested in Greece for allegedly stabbing at least 20 times a 12-year-old Russian boy who was vacationing on the island of Crete.The boy was found early on Wednesday morning bleeding in the parking lot of the hotel in the town of Hersonissos where his family was staying.According to the police, he had been missing since Tuesday evening when a show was held on the premises.His mother told authorities that the 20-year-old accused had stolen her son’s iPad and mobile phone and he had gone to reclaim them when he disappeared.The Dutchman, who was working at the hotel as a performer, has confessed to stealing the items and stabbing the boy.He then pushed his victim into the bushes surrounding the parking lot.Local coroner Antonis Papadomanolakis said that the boy was stabbed at least 20 times in the chest, back and other parts of his body.Most of the wounds are not deep and vital organs appear undamaged, the coroner said.But the victim was kept in an emergency unit overnight before being flown to Athens, where he is being treated at a children’s clinic, he said.The self-confessed attacker was taken to a prosecutor today.Crete is one of Greece’s main travel destinations, drawing hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.- © AFP 2013.Read: Man stabbed at Dublin shopping centre>last_img read more

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